Bradley OdhnerBradley Odhner

Major: Physics, Classics       
Expected Graduation: Class of 2017
Hometown: Amherst, NH

Project title: Gain-Plasmon Coupling in Systems Made of Metal-Dielectric Nano- and Meso-structures
: Giuseppe Strangi, Ph.D.
Mentor Department: Physics
Location of Research: Rome, Italy

How did you become involved in undergraduate research at CASE? 
I took PHYS 166, a one credit course where professors from the Physics Department come in to give lectures on what their research is. After I saw Dr. Strangi’s presentation, I met with him about joining his lab because I found his work interesting.

How did you find your mentor? 
My mentor is also the Primary Investigator and lead professor for the lab I regularly do research in here at CWRU.

How has your idea/project evolved through the academic years? 
Gain-plasmon coupling is a complex and (ironically) large field. I’ve stayed in that area over the years but I’ve moved around in size from meso- to nano-structures and in gain assisted to functionalized systems. The goals mostly remain the same, altering the optical properties of a substance, but the details and methods can change quite a bit.

What successes or difficulties have you encountered in this project or others? 
This particular project was hindered by a lot mysterious issues whose sources eluded myself and the other project members. In past projects, difficulties have ranged from broken wires (a very difficult problem to diagnose, but easy to fix) to degraded samples.

If you could summarize your experience in one word, what would it be? 

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Michelle Chen '16

[Biochemistry Major] "Approach research with an extremely open mind and a huge amount of patience. Nothing really goes as you expect, but the most important thing is that you learn from every little experience."